Catch the moment with the Nikon J2 and J3
THERE'S nothing worse than taking a photograph of your kids and missing the moment.
The time he scores his first goal at soccer, or the time she punches the air after winning her first big swim.
Let's face it some point-and-shoot cameras are hopeless when it comes to speed.
You push the button down and your child has already left the frame before the picture is taken.
That's where the Nikon 1 J2 and J3 compact cameras come in.
They offer super quick speeds of up to 60 frames a second and the ability to shoot still images and video where you can capture water droplets in the air, a candle going out on a cake or the dog mid-air as he leaps for a treat.
We took the J2 for a spin, along with the Nikon S9500. They are two very different cameras with distinct advantages - and disadvantages.
The S9500 features a 22x optical zoom which takes it from the wide-angle 25mm format to an impressive super-telephoto 550mm lens.
The Nikon 1 J2 30mm to 70mm lens is better for landscapes and portraits, but no good for taking a shot across a soccer field.
We spent more time checking out the S9500 because of its versatility. Small enough to put in your pocket, it's the camera you would pack on any overseas trip, knowing it has enough zoom to capture the lion at the zoo or on safari.
An 18 megapixel camera, it has full 1080p HD recording and even built-in wi-fi and GPS.
The wi-fi allows you to send images and movies to smart devices (phone or iPad) and social media sites via the wireless mobile utility app.
We took photos everywhere from capturing the water flowing across rocks on the beach in low light before sunrise to a Guy Sebastian concert at night.
The results were surprisingly good for both images and video. Any amateur can take a good shot with this camera.
The J2 is more of a photographer's camera. It's something between a decent point and shoot and a full blown DSLR.
The camera's creative mode includes panorama, selective colour, miniature, soft, night landscape, backlighting and night portraits.
Spend some time playing around with these settings, in different environments, and you can come up with some really different photos.
You can also use the normal manual exposure controls (P, S, A,M) similar to those found on far more expensive cameras.
Given their specifications, both cameras offer amazing bang for buck.
AT A GLANCE
NIKON 1 J2 10 megapixel advanced camera with interchangeable lenses; continuous shooting of 5 frames per second 10, 30 or 60 fps using electronic (Hi) shutter, 30-74mm lens, SD memory, USB connection, rechargeable battery. Prices of under $500 online.
NIKKOR lens with 22x optical zoom, 18 megapixels, 4.5-99mm lens (25-550mm in 35mm format), vibration reduction, macro mode, 3inch monitor, SD memory card, USB connection, rechargeable Li-ion battery, ViewNX software. Prices of under $350 online.